Thursday, June 7, 2012

"Happiness and Love Forever"

Johnny greeting fans at Taipei airport
in Taiwan late Wednesday night. 
Exclusive photo courtesy of Zoe Cheng
who sent it to me with this single-word caption: 
"Beautiful."



Tweeted by Johnny around 11 am EDT Wednesday, 
or about 11 pm in Taipei.



Yay!! He's safely in Taiwan, and ready to hit the ice! In fact, I think he might have already done so, although trying to spot him in the one lonely rehearsal pic that has popped up thus far is like some bizarre skater version of Where's Waldo, in which everyone is dressed exactly alike...

IDK. The only one I might hazard a guess on 
is the third figure from the right... Plushy? 
Otherwise, they could all be identical extras 
from Men in Black--On Ice!: Frozen in Time. 
Photo courtesy of Artistry on Ice Facebook page.



So whilst we prepare for the coming Weibogeddon, which I'm sure will be starting any minute now, we have some arrival pics to enjoy, plus some exclusive shots of a stunningly beautiful gift presented to Johnny in honor of his marriage to Victor...

As always, click any photo twice for larger view.



Flowers and fans await Johnny's arrival!
Photo courtesy of Livia Cheng.
See the entire album in this Facebook group!


And he's here!
Exclusive photo 
courtesy of Zoe Cheng.


Big smiles all around!
Zoe writes, "Although he is tired, 
he is very patient to take photos with us." 
Photo courtesy of Livia Cheng.


Photo courtesy of Livia Cheng.


Photo courtesy of Haha Chen.


Photo courtesy of Livia Cheng.


Photo courtesy of Haha Chen.


Photo courtesy of Livia Cheng.


Photo courtesy of Livia Cheng.


Exclusive photo 
courtesy of Zoe Cheng.



And then, the extraordinarily talented Zoe 
presents her gift for Johnny and Victor.
This is Johnny's face 
the moment he saw it...
Exclusive photo
courtesy of Zoe Cheng.


It is a traditional Chinese water-ink 
scroll painting of Johnny, Victor, and Tyoma. 
More about the scroll below. 
It's one of the most amazing 
works of art I've ever seen.
Exclusive photo
 courtesy of Zoe Cheng.


Photo courtesy of Haha Chen.


Photo courtesy of Livia Cheng.


Zoe and Johnny
Exclusive photo 
courtesy of Zoe Cheng.



Exclusive video!! Johnny exclaming over the scroll 
as he sees it for the first time!! 
Courtesy of Zoe Cheng.



The Story of the Scroll:
"Forever Bathing in the River of Love"

Zoe explains:

I spent many days to make this Chinese-styled ink painting.

It is 150 cm x 90 cm [or about 5 feet long by 3 feet wide]. It's framed in a traditional way, and rolled up into a 90-cm wide scroll with a radius of about 3 cm [a little more than 1 inch]. It is placed in a box for traveling, though the box is a bit heavy!

Actually, before this, I failed at three other paintings. Water-ink painting is different from watercolor painting or oil painting. Watercolor paint can be fixed with brushes if you rinse with water, but ink immediately fixes on paper.

The words on the left stand for "happiness and love forever." Literally, it is "Forever Bathing in the River of Love." It's a Mandarin saying.

Although Johnny is at the back of the boat, the lantern in his hand signifies that he is tender and resolute, and that he gently leads or guides the relationship.

Exclusive photos courtesy of Zoe Cheng. Please click any photo twice for larger view, or click the link to the full-size image.



Full-size image.


Full-size image.


Work in progress: 
Zoe used this "family portrait" 
as a guide for little Tyoma.
Photo courtesy of Zoe's Facebook page.


Zoe shows the photo of Johnny 
that she used as a guide.
Full-size image.


Detail of the couple in the finished painting.
Full-size image.



And this truly amazing gift leads us perfectly into part 2 of the interview from Figure Skating Days, Vol. 14 ...



Johnny Weir: 
A New Dream and a New Family
Part 2 of 3

"Skating just to win medals
is over for me"

Another view of Johnny's ring,
photographed by Junko Mi
in March 2012.

Click for larger view.
Your wedding ring looks so gorgeous.
Yes. I thought... I was going to choose a simple one, like Victor has. He wanted platinum, and I wanted gold. I like golden, traditional things. My parents and his parents wear gold rings, and so do my grandfather and grandmother. 

So I love gold, but I thought platinum was the best match for his watch. So just for him, I said yes. The original idea was just a tiny diamond (he points to the outer bands surrounding his ring). So each of us would have the power of precious metals from each other, and then, the sparkle of a tiny diamond in our rings to represent him and me. But one day, as part of the process of moving into our new place after our marriage, Victor returned to his home in Atlanta for a few days. When he came back to New Jersey, he took me by surprise with these two rings.

(to Victor) So it was a surprise present, wasn't it?
V: Yes.
J: (looks very happily at Victor) He is a good husband. 

How does Victor describe your skating?
J: (looks at Victor) I’ll let him answer that.
V: I like Johnny's skating very much. What I watched today was unbelievably glorious. That is what he has been training for every day. And I realized he will be splendid, and the best skater.

I think Johnny seems to be a work of art.
V: That's for sure. He is artistic. So beautiful and inspirational. I feel a thrill deep in my soul when I watch him. His skating makes me proud and moves my heart. It is so wonderful for me to be with the person who gives such a beautiful impression to everyone.

(to Johnny) What is your next program that you will perform?
It's a surprise! (laughs)

Surprise....?
I tried to mashup the very old and the very new—a mixture of Carmen and Lady Gaga. But my team couldn't do it. I have more good ideas, though, but it's a secret. When I perform the program at competition for the first time, I want to give people an absolutely wonderful, gorgeous, and breathtaking moment. My goal is not to perform to win. The stage of only skating to be a winner is over for me. I'm too old to do that. I'm going to skate to get people excited, to make people happy, and to help them appreciate what I can do. Music is a great helper for that.

David Wilson choreographed your programs for the Vancouver Olympic games, and did the short programs of Daisuke Takahashi and Takahiko Kozuka this season. How did you like them?
To tell the truth (whispers) I haven't seen their programs yet.

Eek! Is that true? (surprised)
I didn't watch them. Since I have been so busy, I have had no time watch the competition. It is good for me to be concerned about who my competitors will be, but I feel sorry for not watching my friends’ performances. However, David and I are familiar with both of them. Daisuke Takahashi can do everything well. All the programs that he performs are perfect for him, and he certainly is himself in them.

Do you have a message for your fans who have been waiting for you to come back during these past two years?
My message to my fans who have been waiting for me is: You're the big factor in helping me to decide. You have been telling me that I should come back, and asking me when I will return to competition. I did not have an answer before. But you have continued to support me during the two years that I was off the ice. Therefore, I'll be back, not only for me, but also for my fans. I think you'll enjoy the roller-coaster ride with me that’s coming these next two years.

Some said you wouldn’t come back. Others believed that you would.
I'm excited. You know, a lot of people were expecting my comeback, and I didn’t want to be like Evan Lysacek, Sasha Cohen, and Michelle Kwan, who ended up not coming back.

Is Evan coming back?
Evan is... well, he has not been back yet, has he? He made a declaration to return, but he didn't. I didn't want to do that to my fans. I didn’t want to declare things when they were not definite. So, I'll be back. I don't know whether it’s good or bad, but either way, I'll be back.

I'm looking forward to your coming back.
I think you will be surprised. (smiles)

(...to be continued!)



Bonus pics!! Johnny, Meg, fans, luggage, and gifts.
The long box atop the pink suitcase contains the scroll.
Zoe writes, "My container for the painting was 
pretty heavy. When I was leaving, the container fell 
from the luggage onto Johnny's feet! 
He was surprised, but he’s not angry.
He’s indeed so polite!"
Photo courtesy of Livia Cheng.



Very happy fans with Johnny.
Exclusive photo 
courtesy of Zoe Cheng.



Very special thanks 
to my dear Japanese Angel friend 
for all her hard work in translating this interview!



And very special thanks to Zoe Cheng 
for the exclusive photos and video!



It's that time again!! Show Johnny Weir the Love 
is putting together an amazing birthday gift 
for Johnny (and Victor)! Details here. 
Just $5 gets your name on the card; 
deadline to participate is Friday, June 22!
Photo © David Ingogly.



Yes, we're also doing a wedding gift
 for Tara and Joshwho were married on May 10! 
As always, just $5 gets your name on the card. 
Please send via PayPal to misfitmimes@gmail.com
Deadline is Monday, June 11. Mazel tov!!



From "The Essence of Poetry," the latest series 
of black-and-white photos of Johnny at rehearsal. 
Not to be missed. 
Photo © David Ingogly.



HE REALLY, REALLY IS!! 
Landing quads and kicking ass 
at a Grand Prix event near you!
Read his comeback statement 
on his website!



New on Johnny's website!! Johnny returns 
to perform again in Sun Valley this summer! 
He'll be the headliner at the Saturday, August 4, ice show, 
and tickets are on sale now!! Don't miss it!



Please click to vote for Johnny 
once a day as "Best Sportsman"
Because he retweeted Luisa Lotka to tell us 
he wants us to! (Note: With his "58.132" rating, 
he is currently in 1st place in both 
Figure Skating AND across all sports!)



Weibo, here we come!!
He's heading to China today
for Artistry on Ice: Red Temptation!



It's not too late! Subscribe now 
and get the entire Johnny Weir perspective, 
including his never-before-heard free skate commentary 
available exclusively on icenetwork.com!



Q and A! Go read it now!



with MAC is pretty much sold out, 
but I'm leaving this video on here 
for a little while longer 
because I love it so much.



Yes! Johnny's dresses are now available
for purchase only on eDressMe.com!



At last: Pop Star On Ice is now available on DVD!
Order yours today from the Pop Star On Ice website!



Johnny tweeted:
"Buy my single,'Dirty Love' via iTunes.
Tell all your friends to as well. The more copies sold
takes me one step closer to making a video! №1!"

IN THE SAME WAY THAT IT NEEDS AIR.
You know what to do.
Please buy the song from Johnny's website,
or just click the "Buy" button on the player
at the top of the blog!



Hey, Welcome to My World also is available
as an eBook! More info on Johnny's website!


copyright 2012 / Binky and the Misfit Mimes / Lynn V. Ingogly / all rights reserved

4 comments:

germansoulmate said...

It really makes me happy that Johnny is so enthusiastically and happily greeted where ever he arrives, that so many people are rooting for him and only wish him the best. That´s a beautiful image.

The water in scroll...stunning. So artful and beautiful done. Thanks to Zoe for that special gift to Johnny and Victor. And Tyoma. ;) Well done.

Well...and the interview...we´ve been spoilt in the last few days with great interviews. I wished it could go on like this forever. Love it, and can´t wait for the third part. When will that part be due?

Thanks for collecting all these great pics, and all the happiness, in one place again, Binky. Great blog.

germansoulmate said...

It´s me again. I´ve just looked at the water ink scroll more closely. WOW..Zoe´s caught specific characteristics of each person, or pet, exactly. With Victor, look at his eyes...they are smiling just like in real life. Or Tyoma...the typical Tyoma face with his big brown eyes and his Cheburashka look. Well...and Johnny simply is Johnny.

Amazing, really amazing. I really believe that Johnny was very happy about this particular pic. It has something very special. It´s a little treasure.

Thank you Zoe for your amazing art.

aaaack said...

"Bathing in a River of Love" about sums up the experience of being a Johnny Weir fan, too. There's mutual love and respect between Johnny and his fans. There's buoyant joy in watching Johnny progress as an artist and athlete both on and off the ice. There's buoyant joy in seeing him find mutual love and support with Victor and Tyoma.

Thank you, Taiwanese fans, for taking such good care of Johnny. There's a great likeness in Zoe's scroll.

WheresMyKoppy said...

Johnny's fans are truly amazing! Seriously, how many people are there out there who have fans like Zoe Cheng who put such incredible effort and detail into her painting? GermanSoulmate is correct about the facial details. We could recognize Victor in that painting without being told it was supposed to be him just by the expression; and yes, she's captured Tema beautifully as well.

And of course we have MM and her wonderful Blog...

It's true that everywhere Johnny goes he inspires these wonderful fans. All his fans are amazing, but the ones in Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea are especially amazing in how they greet him.